Resilient Health Systems Key for Cardiovascular Disease Management-Experts

AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa programme, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and other stakeholders have emphasized the need to build resilient health systems in order to address the rising burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and achieve universal health coverage in Africa. This discussion took place during the ongoing 15th PASCAR and KCS Congress 2021 in Mombasa. The stakeholders highlighted disease prevention and treatment, the need to focus on primary healthcare, and partnerships as key strategies to build resilient health systems. Cardiovascular diseases are non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the leading cause…

Building resilient health systems is key for cardiovascular disease prevention, control and management

 Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. Building sustainable health systems will improve access to healthcare services. AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa programme, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and other stakeholders have emphasized the need to build resilient health systems in order to address the rising burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and achieve universal health coverage in Africa. This discussion took place during the ongoing 15th PASCAR and KCS Congress 2021 in Mombasa. The stakeholders highlighted disease prevention and treatment, the need to focus on primary healthcare, and…

Telemedicine provider, HealthX makes entry in Kenyan market

HealthX, a fully equipped, and virtual medical facility has launched its services in Kenya consolidating gains made in healthcare innovations and technologies in the past years. The healthcare provider will utilize digital platforms to provide next generation telemedicine and telemonitoring services, giving all Kenyans access to high quality healthcare at an affordable cost. Through the integrated telehealth platform, patients will have 24/7 access to qualified and licensed healthcare professionals with extensive experience in primary healthcare and patient management who are permanently employed by HealthX. The services will be offered on a…

Embu County Seeks Kshs 1.5 B For Nutritional Improvement

Embu County seeks 1.5Billion through the developed County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) – 2020/2025 for Nutrition improvement within the next 5 years This comes after the Kenya Demographic Health survey conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics which revealed that 26.8% children under five years suffer from stunted growth, 11% are underweight while 3% are wasted. Speaking in a meeting with members of county assembly. Embu deputy Governor who is also the acting county executive Committee member for health, David Kariuki said that the department is seeking funds to…

Meet ‘Safari Doctors’ founder Umra Omar

Credits CNN Umra Omar is an award-winning social entrepreneur, community leader, and the founder of Safari Doctors, a mobile medical clinic serving underprivileged communities in Kenya.  Omar and the Safari Doctors travel by boat, road and air to bring medical care to people living along a remote area of islands, the Lamu Archipelago, near the Kenyan-Somali border. She speaks about how the organisation has grown from humble beginnings, “When we first started it was mainly about getting immunisations out to rural areas and making sure that a woman who wanted…

Leaked documents reveal China’s mishandling of the early stages of the pandemic

Credits CNN. An unprecedented leak of internal Chinese documents to CNN reveals for the first time what China knew in the opening weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, but did not tell the world. In an exclusive investigation, led by CNN’s International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh, 117 pages of internal documents expose a chaotic and underfunded provincial health care system struggling to confront a mysterious viral outbreak. The documents show a chaotic local response from the start of the outbreak. They contain evidence of clear missteps and point to a…

Don’t let disinformation endanger lives, tobacco harm reduction is real

By Joseph Magero Everyone wants to reduce the ­approximately 30,000 annual tobacco-related deaths in Kenya; so it’s especially disappointing to see the nay-sayers undermining our best opportunity to do just that. Tobacco harm reduction products, such as e-cigarettes and tobacco-free nicotine pouches, are quickly proving to be the most effective and safest alternatives for smokers who want to switch from traditional cigarettes, but who want to continue enjoying nicotine or who are struggling to quit altogether. They are an innovative option for thousands of smokers previously confronted with the ‘quit…

Traditional Chinese medicine to boost immunity against viral pneumonias now available in Kenya

Healthouself formula 3 and Healthouself formula 5 have been approved by Pharmacy & Poisons Board Global Chinese manufacturer Jiangyin Tianjiang Pharmaceutical company limited has today launched herbal medicines in Kenya to boost immunity, treat and manage viral pneumonias. Operating under a local agent, XRP Medical Kenya Limited, the company has introduced Healthouself Formular 3 and Healthouself Formula 5 – combinations of herbal medicines that will be used to prevent and strengthen immunity and treatment for types of severe acute respiratory infections.  Approved and certified by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board,…

Del Monte launches Women Health and Empowerment Program targeting over 10,000 women.

Murangá based food processor, Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL) has officially launched its Women’s Health and Empowerment program with a six – day employee awareness campaign offering free Reproductive Health Cancers screening and Contraceptives use. The Del Monte Kenya Medical Team and peer educators from Family Health Option, will also sensitize the employees and their dependents on Menstrual Health Hygiene, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV. They will also offer trainings and counselling on Gender-Based Violence in and out of the workplace. According to Del Monte Kenya’s Managing Director, Stergios…

Early identification of prehypertension as a preventive measure can avert associated morbidity and death

Deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are projected to rise to 55 percent by the year 2030 On this World Hypertension Day, Kenya’s largest hypertension screening programme, AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa (HHA), has marked a six-year milestone of action against hypertension, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and implementing partners the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH). This comes as a new study reveals an overall burden of 54.5% and 20.8% for prehypertension and hypertension respectively, out of a…